Cafe Neu Romance was a creative platform for robotics innovation

The program of Cafe Neu Romance had a special focus on what combined Prague with robots, and created a context where people from different robot positions could meet.

It was in Czechoslovakia that Karel Capek wrote the play R.U.R. in 1920, the novel where the word robot comes from. The strongest myth on Golem is connected with Prague, and it is there you also can discover some of the figures of the Astronomical Clock - one of the finest examples of robotics art from the medival age - perform every hour. Beside of that, the City has got a great tradition for puppetry and animation, and it showcases some great examples of robotic/kinetic art works in Public spaces.

However, often you'll need a further introduction to these stories or works. This is the reason why Cafe Neu Romance want to make the unvisible in Prague visible at the festival either in lectures and presentations of ex. Jozef Kelemen, Jana Horakova, Jiri Barta, Ivo Kristián Kubák, Petr Skala, and Louis Armand, by art works of Vladimir Zimakov, Sigrid Rødli, Terri Ogle, The Golem Mythology, Mariusz Dobies, Andras Nagy, Simon Raffy, Verner Brems and Phuc Van Dang, animation and film by Jiri Barta & Edgar Dutka, Old Prague Legends, Engineered Arts and Vive Les Robots!, plus music from Dek. Modern Czech expressions of robots has also been showcased in the works of Stanley Povoda, Jindrich Vodicka, Higher Vocational School in Stìtí, Martin Zadradnik, and others.

The Czech Industrial Designer Jindrich Vodicka presented his TVOR robot at Cafe Neu Romance 2013.

At Cafe Neu Romance people from different positions related to robots and robotics meet with each other. Here persons from companies and institutions as LEGO Group, ABB Robotics, can meet leading Czech and European robotics researchers like  Martin Saska, Martin Necas, Vojtech Vonasek, David Johan Christensen, Kasper Støy, Manfred Hild Stephane Bonardi, Sven Stumm Jean-Bapiste Mouret, and artists, architects, designers, film directors, producers and musicians like France Cadet, Fernando Orellana, Matthew Gardiner, Zaven Pare, Suguru GotoDmitry Morozov, Phil Ayres Zuzana Husarova, Olga Pek, Bernie Stern, Joey Daoud, Michael Garrigues, Per Holmquist, Opificio Sonico and Fabrizio Carli, who again can meet DIY-people like Anouk Wipprecht, Daniel Schatzmayr, Zwax, Magnus Wurzer, Martin Dlouhý, Radioklub Pisek, RUR-Team, and many others.

This is unique, because normally the companies focus on traditional trade fairs, artists on galleries, film directors for film festivals, musicians for clubs and DIY-people for maker-events.

[image source: Vive Les Robots!]
[source: Vive Les Robots!]

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The Danish "robot" marketing and event firm Vive Les Robots! was the main organizer of Cafe Neu Romance.


The Gallery of the National Technical Library in Prague, Galerie NTK, was the co-organizer of Cafe Neu Romance.


The Institute of Intermedia (IIM) at the Czech Technical University, was a special partner of Cafe Neu Romance.